Rev. Joseph Quay Pearce, 74, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday (May 30,
2017). Joe was born and raised in the Punxsutawney, PA, area by his parents, Joe and
Esther Pearce. After graduating, he earned a bachelor’s degree from God’s
Bible School in Cincinnati. Joe returned to Punxsutawney and married the love of his
life, Lois Cressley. They married in June of 1966, shortly before he was drafted into
the service for his country. Joe answered his Call to the ministry after being
discharged from the service, beginning with a small church in Spring Boro, PA. The
couple then moved to Kansas City, MO where Joe completed his Masters of Divinity and
was ordained at Nazarene Theological Seminary. They then moved to Ohio where Joe spent
the rest of his pastoral career. Joe served first in Massillon, then at Rush Community
outside of Uhrichsville, before completing his ministry with over twenty years in
Cambridge. During his ministry, they had three children, adopted two children and
foster parented many others. He also served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve
where he attained the rank of Major. Upon retiring in 2007, Joe and Lois returned to
the Punxsutawney area to be closer to their extended families. He loved his family and
cherished time spent with them. Joe loved being a pastor and his congregations loved
him and his family. Joe is survived by his wife of fifty years, Lois; four children,
Valerie (Chris) Powell, Matthew (Amanda) Pearce, John (Katalin) Pearce, and Michael
(Brittany) Pearce; six grandchildren, Christina Pearce, Kayla Pearce, Kyan Pearce,
Payton Pearce, Hailee Pearce, Koby Pearce; three brothers, Ed Pearce, Tom (Linda)
Pearce and Glen (Deb) Pearce; and eight siblings-in-law, Norma (Clayton) Riddle, Clara
Cressley, Boyd (Nancy) Cressley, Carol Michael, Fred Cressley, Linda Farmery, Jackie
(Terry) Temchula, and Pam (Doug) Sprankle; plus too many nieces and nephews to count.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Esther Pearce; his mother and
father-in-law, Ralph and Velma Cressley; a son, Timothy Pearce; four brothers-in-law,
Jim Micheal, Merle
Bub Cressley, Sherwin Farmery, and Ronald
Cressley; and three sisters-in-law, Kaye Cressley, Pat Cressley, and Diane Pearce.
Service was held at the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Bob Donato and
Pastor Scott Henry officiating, with interment following at Urey Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, please make donations to the Make A Wish Foundation.
From The Punxsutawney Spirit, June 1, 2017.